LOVE SEASON | 7 Sweet Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

In the United States, Valentine’s Day means cards, flowers, and hard-to-sang dinner reservation. As the Western holiday has spread around the world, many cultures have put their own spin on it. Some of these traditions – such as mass weddings in the Philippines – are charming, while others – like obligatory gift – giving in Japan – inspire feedings that are less than warm and fuzzy. When Valentine’s Day arrives of February 14, these are some ways lovebirds around will be celebrating.

Denmark Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Poems and Codes

Valentine’s Day in Denmark is a chance for secret admirers to express their feeling with a twist. Instead of sending straightforward love letters, men in Denmark send funny poems called gaekkebrev to the objects of their affection. The paper – cut notes are signed anonymously with a line of dots at the bottom, one for each letter in the sender’s name if recipients can guess their secret admirer’s identity based on this clue alone, the sender owes them an Easter egg.

In Japan, it’s tradition for women to give men sweets on Valentine’s Day

In the 1950s, a chocolate company introduced Valentine’s Day to Japan in hopes of chasing in on the Western tradition. But something got lost in translation. Instead of showing more conventional images of men gifting chocolate to the ladies in their lives, early ads insisted Valentine’s Day was a chance for women to buy chocolate for men. The suggestion resonated with people, and today it’s a vital part of Japanese Valentine’s celebrations. The custom isn’t limited to romantic partners. In a practice known as giri choco (translated as “obligation chocolates”) women are expected to buy chocolates for the men in their lives on February 14, including their male coworkers. This gets as expensive and socially complicated as you might expect, and it has become so unpopular with women that many workplaces have banned giri choco altogether. If Japanese women are dreading Valentine’s Day, they can look forward to White Day on March 14, when men return the favor with gifts of their own.

In South Africa, Women Pin Their Valentine’s Name To Their Sleeves

People in South Africa literally wear their hearts on their hearts on their sleeves on Valentine’s Day. It’s become a tradition for women there to write down  the name of their lovers – or their secret crushes – and pin it to their shirt sleeves. It’s believed the custom was inspired by Lupercalia, a rowdy ancient Roman fertility festival that also fell in mid-February.

Thousands Of People Get Married On Valentine’s Day In The Philippines

Valentine’s Day is a popular wedding anniversary in the Philippines. Each year, in honor of the holiday, local governments host mass weddings for couples who may be able to afford a more traditional wedding ceremony on their own. These events are usually president over by local government officials. In 2019, the mayor of the City of Dasmarinas married around 500 couples at once.

In Wales, Lovers Traditionally Gift Each Other Symbolic Spoons

The Welsh version of Valentine’s Day is Dydd Santes Dwynwen, or Saint Dwynwen’s Day, and is celebrated on January 25. The most distinct aspect of the holiday, which honors the Welsh patron saint of lovers, involves exchanging love spoons. There are exactly what they sound like: fancy wooden spoons carved with symbols representing the gifter’s love. It’s believed  the tradition may have started with Welsh sailors courting prospective wives, and it’s still used as a romantic gesture is Wales today. Handcrafted love spoons can sell online for between $50 and $100.

Valentine’s Day In Estonia Is About Friendship

Valentine’s Day in the United States is all about couples but in Estonia, singles aren’t left out. Their version of the holiday is called Friends Day, and friendship is treated as just as worthy a cause for celebration as romantic love. If they are looking for a love connection, single people can ride a special “love bus” that shuttles them around with other eligible bachelors and bachelorettes.

El Salvador Celebrates Valentine’s Day With A Loving Twist On Secret Santa.

El Salvadorians celebrate Valentine’s Day with a game called “Secret Friend”. Anyone who’s participated in a Secret Santa gift exchange around Christmastime will recognize it. A group, such as a class of kids, writes everyone’s name on pieces of paper and draws slips. The name someone picks is the person they have to buy a gift for by Valentine’s Day. The tradition has a sentimental spin that sets it apart from Secret Santa, though: When it’s time to gift, the giver must say one kind thing about the recipient.


IVF Children Fare Better At School Than Naturally Conceived Kids: Study

PARIS, France – Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction treatments, such as IVF, artificial insemination, or ovulation induction, appear to perform better at school than those born through natural conception, according to a new study. The research, conducted by University College London in partnership with Finland’s University of Helsinki, also found that while IVF children … Continue reading IVF Children Fare Better At School Than Naturally Conceived Kids: Study

Meghan Markle Speaks Out About Abortion Rights In A Post – Roe America

PARIS, France – When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were serving as working royals and representing the monarchy in a formal capacity, they remained tight – lipped on any issue that could be deemed too political – though what exactly crossed the line was unclear. Prince Charles’s focus on climate change, for example, had been … Continue reading Meghan Markle Speaks Out About Abortion Rights In A Post – Roe America

Louis Vuitton Brings Florida Marching Band To The Louvre For Paris Fashion Week

PARIS, France – Louis Vuitton cranked up the volume at Paris Fashion Week Thursday, spiriting Florida’s famous Marching 100 band into the heart of the Louvre to kick off a show for its latest lineup of colorful menswear styles – in honor of the label’s popular late designer Virgil Abloh. ‘Virgil, long live Virgil’, rapper … Continue reading Louis Vuitton Brings Florida Marching Band To The Louvre For Paris Fashion Week

Take A First Look At Kate Middleton And Prince William’s First Official Portrait Painting

LONDON – The first official joint portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been unveiled – and it sees a highlight of Kate Middleton’s royal wardrobe preserved for posterity. In the painting – the work of the award – winning British portrait artist Jamie Coreth – the Duchess is wearing her emerald Falconetti … Continue reading Take A First Look At Kate Middleton And Prince William’s First Official Portrait Painting

‘Venice And The Arts Of Islam’ Exhibition In Sharjah Offers Enthralling Closing

PARIS, France – A unique exhibition by Sharjah Museum Authority and Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia that brings focus to the strong bonds between the Islamic Civilization and Venice, continues to attract crowds of visitors from inside and outside the country. The exhibition, which comprises three main chapters ‘Encounters, Dialogue, and Inspirations’, showcases a wide … Continue reading ‘Venice And The Arts Of Islam’ Exhibition In Sharjah Offers Enthralling Closing

Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Postponed To 2023

PARIS, France – Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) announced on Monday the postponement of its 6th edition, which was scheduled to be held from October 13 – 22, 2022. In a statement issued by the festival, organizers said that the event will now run in 2023. The decision was due to the ‘current global … Continue reading Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival Postponed To 2023

Dior Show In Spain Glitters With Flamenco Notes, Couture Collaborations

PARIS, France – A live show by Christian Dior in the Spanish city of Seville on Thursday included a colourful celebration of flamenco. The event is one of several that mark the return of luxury labels to the catwalk after a period of dormancy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event in the city’s historic Plaza … Continue reading Dior Show In Spain Glitters With Flamenco Notes, Couture Collaborations

Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces Second Edition Of Richard Mille Art Prize

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Friday the second edition of Richard Mille Art Prize, aimed at attracting artists living and working in the Gulf region. In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the competition will allow creatives working in various fields to showcase their work at the museum’s Forum, a … Continue reading Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces Second Edition Of Richard Mille Art Prize

Camilla Installed As A Royal Lady Of The Order Of The Garter

LONDON – The Order of the Garter is the oldest honor in Britain, established nearly 700 years ago. Duchess of Cornwall, was installed as a Royal Lady of the Order of the Garter – an appointment made by Queen Elizabeth. She joins other members of the royal family in the prestigious organization – including her … Continue reading Camilla Installed As A Royal Lady Of The Order Of The Garter

Who Is Queen Elizabeth’s Cousin, Princess Alexandra?

LONDON – Few people can say they attended Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip. Even fewer can claim they were one of her bridesmaids. Princess Alexandra, the Honourable Lady Ogilvy, had such an honor, among countless other privileges obtained as the Queen’s first cousin and a member of the British Royal Family. Here, we take … Continue reading Who Is Queen Elizabeth’s Cousin, Princess Alexandra?

The Duchess Of Cambridge Causes Surge In Fashion Searches After Platinum Jubilee

PARIS, France – Not only was the Platinum Jubilee a huge celebration of the Queen’s 70 – year reign, but the event also provided us all with some unforgettable royal style moments. In particular, the Duchess of Cambridge made a big impression on fans with her fashion during the historic event. E-commerce aggregator Lovethesales told … Continue reading The Duchess Of Cambridge Causes Surge In Fashion Searches After Platinum Jubilee

Saudi Homeware Brand, Aura, Has Unveiled Its Spring/Summer 22 Collection

PARIS, France – Priding itself on its brand philosophy – ‘a way of living’ – aura continues to inspire the region with modern living interior solutions, offering quality and attainable home furniture designs that are the epitome of warmth and hospitality. Throughout the collection, curated designs showcase inspiration from the 1960s with a modern twist. … Continue reading Saudi Homeware Brand, Aura, Has Unveiled Its Spring/Summer 22 Collection

Italy’s La Scala Will Open New Season With Russian Opera

MILAN, Italy – Italy’s La Scala will open its 2023-23 season with a performance of ‘Boris Godunov’, a Russian – composed opera performed by Russian artists, with no plans for a cultural boycott despite the invasion of Ukraine. ‘I’m not for a witch hunt not for the cancellation of Russian works’, Dominique Meyer, artistic director … Continue reading Italy’s La Scala Will Open New Season With Russian Opera

Queen Elizabeth ‘Humbled’ By Cheering Jubilee Crowds

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth said she was humbled by the support she had received during her Platinum Jubilee after crowds of royal fans cheered her appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, flanked by her heir Prince Charles and two other future kings. The 96 – year – old monarch had withdrawn from several events … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth ‘Humbled’ By Cheering Jubilee Crowds

Queen Elizabeth Offers Thanks As Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Begin

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth thanked all those involved in her Platinum Jubilee celebrations ahead of four days of pomp, parties, parades and public holidays to herald her record – breaking 70 years on the British throne. Millions of people across Britain and the world are expected to join the festivities starting on Thursday in honour … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth Offers Thanks As Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Begin

Royal Mint Makes Its Biggest Ever Coin For Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee

PARIS, France – Britain’s Royal Mint has produced its biggest ever coin to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, a 15 kilogram (33.07 lb) giant commissioned by a private collector. The coin, which has a diameter of 22m mm (8.7 inches) and is made of fine gold, took 400 hours to craft and is worth 15,000 … Continue reading Royal Mint Makes Its Biggest Ever Coin For Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee

Adriana Lima Delivers A Glamorous Maternity Moment At Cannes

CANNES, France – The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is well under way in France, and we’ve already seen the world premiere of Top Gun: Maverick (starring Tom Cruise). On the red carpet, celebrities like Jennifer Connelly, Viola Davis and Eva Longoria all made stylish cameos – but it was supermodel Adriana Lima who truly shut … Continue reading Adriana Lima Delivers A Glamorous Maternity Moment At Cannes

Parthenon Fragment From Italy Can Stay In Greece ‘Forever’, Greek Ministry Says

ATHENS – A marble fragment of the Parthenon temple will be permanently returned to Athens from a museum in Italy, a significant move for Greece witch has stepped up its campaign for the return of the sculptures from its most renowned ancient monument. The ‘Fagan fragment’ is a 35 – by – 31 – centimetre … Continue reading Parthenon Fragment From Italy Can Stay In Greece ‘Forever’, Greek Ministry Says

Jill Biden Will Meet Ukrainian Refugees In Romania, Slovakia On Mother’s Day

WASHINGTON – United States first lady Jill Biden plans to leave Washington on Thursday for a whirlwind tour of Romania and Slovakia to highlight the U.S. commitment to Ukrainian refugees over Mother’s Day weekend. The wife of President Joe Biden was due to meet U.S. service members and embassy personnel, displaced Ukrainian parents and children, … Continue reading Jill Biden Will Meet Ukrainian Refugees In Romania, Slovakia On Mother’s Day

One & Only Spa At One & Only Mandarin, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

PARIS, France – Among the impressive nod to low – impact at One & Only’s Pacific Coast location is the layout of its 27,000 – square – foot spa, which was designed around a large higuera blanca (while fig tree). Like the rest of the property’s 105 freestanding villas that have been built into the … Continue reading One & Only Spa At One & Only Mandarin, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

Faberge Celebrates The Eid With Hilal Crescent Collection

PARIS, France – Faberge, the world’s most iconic artist jeweller, is shining a light on the latest additions to the Crescent collection. Comprising of Pendant, Earrings and Ring, the capsule collection has been named Hilal, after the Arabic term for crescent moon. The trio of elegant accessories bring both beauty and spiritual guidance to its … Continue reading Faberge Celebrates The Eid With Hilal Crescent Collection

Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Ukraine Visit, Meets Children

BUCHAREST, Romania – Hollywood actress and U.N. humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, the Lviv region governor said on Telegram. According to Maksym Kozytshyy, Jolie – who has been a UNHCR Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011 – had come to speak with displaced people … Continue reading Angelina Jolie Makes Surprise Ukraine Visit, Meets Children

Meghan Markle’s Animated Netflix Show ‘Pearl’ Has Been Cancelled

PARIS, France – Duchess Meghan’s animated series will no longer premiere on Netflix. The streaming giant has cancelled plans to premiere the project created and executive produced by the Duchess of Sussex as part of her and Prince Harry’s landmark production dea. Tentatively titled Pearl, the show would have followed the adventures of a 12 … Continue reading Meghan Markle’s Animated Netflix Show ‘Pearl’ Has Been Cancelled

Editorial Use Only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/Shutterstock (10536827cl) Naomi Osaka of Japan in action Australian Open Tennis, Day Five, Melbourne Park, Australia – 24 Jan 2020

Noami Osaka’s Hit Suncare Brand, KINLO, Is Now Available At Walmart

PARIS, France – For sun seekers, beachgoers, and everyone in between, keeping your skin protected against harmful UVA and UVB rays just got a whole lot easier. Announced today, tennis champion Noami Osaka’s sun – and skincare brand, KINLO, is exclusively partnering with Walmart to expand its offerings online and in 2,500 stores nationwide. ‘Naomi … Continue reading Noami Osaka’s Hit Suncare Brand, KINLO, Is Now Available At Walmart

Helen Mirren Graces Cover Of People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’

PARIS, France – Helen Mirren graces People magazine’s ‘The Beautiful Issue’ in a cover story that touches on her thoughts of beauty and how the Oscar winner still gets nervous before filming a role. The magazine on Wednesday revealed the cover of the annual issue, which hits newsstands Friday. The 76 – year – old … Continue reading Helen Mirren Graces Cover Of People’s ‘Beautiful Issue’

Ferragamo, Amazon Say They Helped China Seize Counterfeits In Zheijang

MILAN – Italy’s Salvatore Ferragamo and Amazon said on Tuesday Chines authorities had seized counterfeit products in the Zheijang province, following a global investigation in which the luxury group and the online retailer cooperated. Chinese official raided a warehouse, seizing hundreds of counterfeits of Ferragamo’s iconic Gancini and buckles after the producer’s attempt to sell … Continue reading Ferragamo, Amazon Say They Helped China Seize Counterfeits In Zheijang

Queen Elizabeth’s 96Th Birthday Marked With Gun Salute And New Photograph

LONDON – The 96th birthday of Queen Elizabeth will be marked on Thursday with gun salutes, the release of a Barbie doll and a new photograph showing Barbie doll and a new photograph showing Britain’s longest serving monarch with two white ponies at Windsor Castle. Government minister joined members of the royal family in sending … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth’s 96Th Birthday Marked With Gun Salute And New Photograph

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